Dr Madison Cartwright

Dr Madison Cartwright


Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences, Honours (First Class). The University of Sydney. Awarded 2012.

Doctor of Philosophy. The University of Sydney. Awarded 2019.

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

I am a Lecturer in International Political Economy and the convernor for the Politics and International Relations undergraduate programme.

My research interests include the political economy of intellectual property, free trade agreements, and geoeconomics - notably the economic-security nexus. I have taught across of variety of topics, including globalisation, international political economy, security studies, terrorism and crime, and American Politics.

I joined UNSW in August 2021. Prior to that I worked as a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, where I was awarded my PhD in 2019. In 2019, I also held postdoctoral fellowship at the Graduate School of International Studies and was an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at the Université Laval, Canada. Prior to academia I worked as a Policy Advisor and consumer advocate in the not-for-profit sector.  

My research has been published in leading international journals, including International Studies QuarterlyRegulation & Governance, Global Policy, The Pacific Review, Business and Politics, Internet Policy Review, Policy Studies, and the International Journal of Public Administration.

Room 132 Morven Brown Building
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Morin JF; Cartwright M, 2022, 'Intellectual Property Rights. EU and US Initiatives in the Asia–Pacific: Competition, Coordination or Duplication?', in European Union in International Affairs, pp. 97 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-81281-2_5
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Mikler J; Cartwright M, 2019, 'Global Corporations as Agents of Institutional Hybridization: Ford and Volkswagen’s Management-Labor Relations in South Africa', in Corporate Actors in Global Governance Business as Usual Or New Deal?
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Beaumier G; Cartwright M, 2024, 'Cross-Network Weaponization in the Semiconductor Supply Chain', International Studies Quarterly, 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/isq/sqae003
    Journal articles | 2021
    Cartwright M, 2021, 'Agency in Institutional Context: Utilitarian Copyright and Technological Disruption', International Journal of Public Administration, 44, pp. 30 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2020.1795670
    Journal articles | 2021
    Cartwright M, 2021, 'Business conflict and international law: The political economy of copyright in the United States', Regulation and Governance, 15, pp. 152 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rego.12272
    Journal articles | 2021
    Cartwright M, 2021, 'Historical institutionalism and technological change: The case of Uber', Business and Politics, 23, pp. 67 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/bap.2019.23
    Journal articles | 2020
    Cartwright M, 2020, 'Internationalising state power through the internet: Google, huawei and geopolitical struggle', Internet Policy Review, 9, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.14763/2020.3.1494
    Journal articles | 2020
    Morin JF; Cartwright M, 2020, 'The US and EU’s Intellectual Property Initiatives in Asia: Competition, Coordination or Replication?', Global Policy, 11, pp. 557 - 568, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1758-5899.12885
    Journal articles | 2019
    Cartwright M, 2019, 'Preferential trade agreements and power asymmetries: the case of technological protection measures in Australia', Pacific Review, 32, pp. 313 - 335, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09512748.2018.1473471
    Journal articles | 2018
    Cartwright M, 2018, 'Who cares about Reddit? Historical institutionalism and the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT Intellectual Property Act', Policy Studies, 39, pp. 383 - 401, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2018.1472757
  • Reports | 2019
    Cartwright M, 2019, Preferential trade agreements and power asymmetries: implications for domestic public policy, https://www.cepci.hei.ulaval.ca/sites/cepci.hei.ulaval.ca/files/ptas_-m._cartwright.pdf

Georges-Henri-Lévesque Fund, Université Laval ($20,000CAD). 2019.

Shortlisted for the Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize. 2021.

The E-International Relations' Article Award. 2018. 

Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship, Australian Government. 2015-2018.

RN Spann Scholarship, the University of Sydney ($1000). 2015.

Helen Nelson Prize for the Best Thesis in IVth Year Honours Government and International Relations. 2012.

My current research focuses on the economic-security nexus, sanctions, and US-China rivalry (especially in the technology sector). 

I have peer-reviewed manuscripts for the following journals:

  • International Security
  • Review of International Political Economy 
  • New Political Economy 
  • Information, Communication and Society
  • Business and Politics 
  • Internet Policy Review
  • Third World Quarterly

My Teaching


  • ARTS3850: Security in Asia: Politics Meets Economics
  • ARTS2816: Who Gets What? The Global Politics of Inequality
  • ARTS3810: Politics and IR: Theories and Practice (T2)
  • POLS5122: International Political Economy
  • ARTS1811: Contemporary Issues in Government and Global Politics